Loin meaning

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The hips and the lower abdomen regarded as a part of the body to be clothed or as the region of strength and procreative power.
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The lower part of the back on either side of the backbone between the hipbones and the ribs.
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The definition of loin is the part of the body between the ribs and hips, or the front part of the hindquarters of animals.

An example of a loin is a person's hips and lower abdomen.

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The part of the body of a human or quadruped on either side of the backbone and between the ribs and hips.
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One of several cuts of meat, such as tenderloin, taken from this part of an animal's body, typically including the vertebrae of the segment from which it is taken.
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The front part of the hindquarters of beef, lamb, mutton, veal, etc. with the flank removed.
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The part of the body of a human or quadruped on either side of the backbone and between the ribs and hips.
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The part of the body (of humans and quadrupeds) at each side of the backbone, between the ribs and hips.
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Any of several cuts of meat taken from this part of an animal.
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gird (up) one's loins
  • to get ready to do something difficult or strenuous
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of loin

  • Middle English loine from Old French loigne from Vulgar Latin lumbea (carō) loin (meat) feminine of *lumbeus of the loin from Latin lumbus loin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English loyne, from Old French loigne, assumedly from Late Latin root *lumbea, from Latin lumbus (“loin"), from Proto-Germanic *landwį̄, *landwijō (“waist, loins"), from Proto-Indo-European *lendhw- (“kidney, waist"). Cognate with Old English lendenu, Dutch lende, German Lende, Swedish länd (“haunch, loin"), Proto-Slavic *lÄ™dvÑŒja (Russian лядвея (ljadveja)). See also lende.

    From Wiktionary